Month: January 2022

The 2022 Lexus LS is not an exercise in restraint, but it may look so compared to some of its competitors. This lineup tops out about where some of its German competitors begin, so it’s easy enough to overlook the fact that it is not as opulent. We rate it at a 9 out of
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BEIJING — China’s state planner said on Friday that restrictions on purchases of new energy vehicles (NEVs) will be gradually removed in various parts of the country in a “vigorous” push to promote NEVs and “green consumption.” The Chinese government uses the term new energy vehicles to refer to low-emissions vehicles including plug-in-hybrid, full-electric and
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Jim Butler Auto Group, Faulkner Automotive Group, Horne Auto Group and Coughlin Automotive Group each expanded their dealership portfolios with acquisitions in either late in the fourth quarter of 2021 or early in January 2022. Here’s a look at the deals involving domestic-, import- and luxury-brand dealerships. Missouri growth Jim Butler Auto Group expanded its
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When riders fled public transit during the early throes of the pandemic, Local Motors suffered from shelved orders for its 3D-printed autonomous Olli shuttle. When orders returned and then proliferated, the ongoing chip shortage stymied the company’s ability to fulfill them. The double whammy of the coronavirus and supply chain constraints emerged as two central
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The 2022 Lexus LC offers a masterful blend of performance, style, and pampering. What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Lexus LC? What does it compare to? The 2022 Lexus LC lineup comes in coupe and convertible forms to rival the BMW 8-Series, Mercedes-Benz SL, and Porsche 911, among others.  Is the 2022 Lexus LC
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BEIJING — Volkswagen’s vehicle plant with FAW in Tianjin, China, resumed production on Friday after shutting on Jan. 10 because of recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the eastern Chinese city, the German automaker said. “The FAW-Volkswagen vehicle plant had temporarily shut down operations due to missing parts from suppliers and pending COVID-19 test results of employees.
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What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Lexus LX? What does it compare to? The redesigned LX 600 is a three-row SUV that can seat five or seven passengers—or just four in the new Ultra Luxury grade. It competes with everything from the Infiniti QX80 to the Jeep Grand Wagoneer and BMW X7.   Is the
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BEIJING — Renault and Geely Holding have formally agreed a deal to jointly design and produce hybrid and gasoline-fueled vehicles in South Korea for sale there, as well as for export, Renault said in a statement. The new vehicles, based on Geely’s compact vehicle architecture as well as its hybrid powertrain and other technologies, will
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WASHINGTON — Two U.S. House lawmakers who head key subcommittees on oversight and trade criticized Tesla’s recent expansion in Xinjiang, China. “Your misguided expansion into the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region sets a poor example and further empowers the (Chinese government),” said Democrats Bill Pascrell and Earl Blumenauer in a joint letter to Tesla CEO Elon
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What kind of vehicle is the 2022 Ford Bronco? What does it compare to? The 2022 Ford Bronco is an off-road SUV with standard 4×4 capability on a pickup truck frame. Available in two-door or four-door, soft-top or hard-top configurations, the Bronco tries to buck the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon from its off-road throne.  Is the
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Start-up Factorial Energy has raised $200 million to help fund further development and commercialization of its advanced solid-state battery for EVs. Automakers Stellantis NV and Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz led the round for three-year-old Factorial, based outside Boston in Woburn, Massachusetts. Factorial is one of several U.S. battery start-ups attempting to commercialize solid-state technology, which promises
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Lidar technology startup Luminar said Thursday that it has established its latest automotive partnership with Mercedes-Benz. It will involve series production of sensors, enhancing the automaker’s automated highway driving systems. There’s not yet a timetable for when Luminar’s “Iris” lidar will be installed in passenger vehicles, nor specific vehicle models chosen. As part of the
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